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2019 Joshua B. Cantor Scholar Award


Noah Silverberg imageThe BI-ISIG Executive Committee is pleased to recognize the recipient of the 2019 Joshua B. Cantor Award is Noah Silverberg, PhD. This award was established in honor of Joshua Cantor, former ACRM and BI-ISIG member. Award recipients are recognized as a professional, whose work embodies the spirit of Dr. Cantor’s endeavors and achievements, which aimed to provide solace, meaning, and hope to individuals with TBI.

Dr. Noah Silverberg obtained his PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Windsor (Canada) in 2007. During his PhD program, training at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan sparked a passion for neurorehabilitation. He started his career as a staff psychologist in the acquired brain injury program at G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, British Columbia’s tertiary rehabilitation hospital, and became board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology (American Board of Professional Psychology) in 2011. From 2015-2016, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School.

Currently, he is a Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of British Columbia and Principal Investigator at the Rehabilitation Research Program, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. He leads an interdisciplinary research program dedicated to improving clinical outcomes from concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The major themes of his research are understanding psychosocial factors that influence recovery from TBI, developing and evaluating psychological treatments for patients with TBI, and studying knowledge translation of TBI clinical practice guidelines.

Dr. Silverberg’s research has been supported by clinician-scientist salary awards from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and operating grants from several agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and US Department of Defense. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, served on multiple editorial boards and grant review panels, and participated in clinical practice guideline development (e.g., Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation’s Guidelines for Concussion/mild TBI & Persistent Symptoms, 3rd Ed). As Chair, he has led the ACRM Task Force on Mild TBI since 2018.

Dr. Silverberg continues to provide clinical care to patients with TBI at G.F. Strong. He also serves as a consulting neuropsychologist for professional sport and worker’s compensation organizations. Dr. Silverberg was honored during the ACRM Henry B. Betts Awards Gala, on Thursday, 7 November 2019 at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

I am honoured (pardon the Canadian spelling) to have been nominated, much less selected for this award. I hope to perpetuate the clinician-scientist, evidence-based, and patient-centered values that Dr. Cantor so clearly embodied.​” – Noah Silverberg, PhD